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D&F Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2023

August 18, 2022


Dean & Fulkerson is pleased to announce that 4 lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Best Lawyers has been recognizing legal excellence for over three decades and is regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. This year, the list of outstanding attorneys represents over 65,000 lawyers in 147 practice areas, approximately 6% of lawyers in private practice in the United States. The lists are separated by region and practice area and are compiled by conducting peer-review surveys in which leading lawyers evaluate their peers. View the full 2023 list at

Below is a list of our attorneys named to the 2023 Best Lawyers list and the practice area(s) in which they are recognized.

Robert R. Cleary

  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

 James M. Dworman

  • Commercial Litigation

Curtis H. Mistele

  • Corporate Law

James K. O’Brien *

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

*Jim O’Brien was also named the Best Lawyers® 2023 Litigation – Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy, Michigan. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2009, and was also named Lawyer of the Year Litigation – Environmental Law in 2019. This accolade is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.